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nal over the years who were close to his heart, and who hold him closely in
While work occupied a large portion of his time, David had a wide-ranging
mind with a variety of interests and passions. He loved music and
enjoyed discussing the finer points of his favourite bands and eras with others
who appreciated music. He liked to travel, and not surprisingly, his
favourite part was not the sights but the people he met along the way. David
also had a deep concern for social justice issues, which found expression in
years of volunteer work for Access Pro Bono, providing free legal advice to
those who would otherwise be unable to afford it. David never made a big
deal of his selflessness and generosity, but they were as integral to his character
as his intelligence and wit.
David is greatly missed by his mother Jane, his girlfriend Jen, and his
wide and deep circle of friends and colleagues.
Elena Miller and Jennifer O’Rourke
Sidney Bernard Simons
A young boy sits surrounded by five older (one by
only a few minutes) siblings, his arms draped lovingly
around the family mutt. He grins in joyful
appreciation of the day’s promise, this moment captured
by his mother’s camera.
If you look closely at the faded black and white
photo you can see a twinkle in his eye: it’s the fiveyear
old who climbed to the top of a grain silo to run around the top as his
family pleaded with him to stay still until he could be rescued by the local
firemen; the same boy who ran into his mother’s kitchen holding his hand
high shouting, “I chopped my finger off” (he had been playing with the cigar
cutter in the family general store in Round Hill, Alberta); the same little fellow
who tried to learn to swim in a flooded mining pit and had to be rescued
by someone who could swim.